Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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Avg:
4.26
pDev:
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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/light amber color with a finger of white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Some sweetness from the malt, but not as much as I expected. There is a banana like fruit note. Also has a very herbal smell to it.

Taste: Very crisp and bready. Has a mild banana note along with some herbal notes. My first comment was that it tastes like herbal banana bread.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with lots of very smooth carbonation. The finish has a very little dryness to it.

Overall: I am really glad this beer wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. Nice and smooth, an easy drinker.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Weihenstephaner's Vitus a couple weeks ago for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try more beers from this brewery since they made such a goof first impression for me with Korbinian, so I decided to give their Weizenbock a try, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label is a little plain and has a vintage look to it, it doesn't look as good Korbinian did. It poured a hazy straw yellow color with a big four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and a little spotty lacing. The color was a lot lighter then I was expecting but it still looks good and it had plenty of head, it's a good looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off very fruity and floral, with some bananas, orange peel, lemon peel and some bubble gum showing up first then after that I get a pretty floral aroma that may be from the hops. Next I get some wheat and bread aromas followed by a good amount of yeasty spices, mainly clove and white pepper. This beer smelled like a Heffeweizen on sterioids, its pretty complex, but it didn't have that rich aroma that I like about Weizenbock's.

T- The taste seems to have as much going on as the aroma did. It starts off with some malty wheat flavors which is quickly followed by lots of bananas, orange peel, and bubble gum. Next comes the spicy yeast that has more peppery flavors then clove flavors and is followed by a light floral taste. The alcohol was hidden well, and it had a low amount of bitterness on the finish with a Heffeweizen like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I find the flavor to be much more similar to an imperial version of a Heffeweizen then it is to the other Weizenbock's I have had, it's still good though.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, on the full side of being light bodied, and it had a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, it was a good fit.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Weizenbock, but it was much more different then all the other ones I have had, I haven't tried much of the style but all the ones I have had prior to this one were much darker and had some roast to it to go with those banana and spicy yeast flavors, so I am little confused by this beer, but this brewery is one of the oldest so it could be that this is what a true Weizenbock is like and the all the american ones I had have took the non traditional road, I am going to have to try more German Weizenbocks to figure this puzzle out. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth and held my attention, I will for sure be drinking this in the summer. What I liked most about this beer was how complex the flavors were and how good it looked. There was nothing that I didn't like about this beer, it was what it was. I would for sure buy this beer again especially in the summer, and I recommend this to any Wheat beer lover. I liked this beer even though it wasn't what I was expected. Weihenstephaner comes through with a solid beer, but I think I prefer the darker ones instead, either way it was solid and I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 3$

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, grains, banana, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, bananas, and grains/bread. There is also some clove an coriander but the banana seems to be the most prominent flavour. It ends with a spicy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall - A dangerously drinkable beer with a great fruity and spicy flavour. You can taste the quality and the beer is a steal at 3$ a bottle. Worth picking up for sure.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Vitus @ 7.7% , a Weizenbock served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $5.30

A-pour is a light hazy gold with a off white head that has a tight fine lace leaving a solid film along the weizen glass

S-banana , wheat , some hints of citrus in the background

T-sweet tasting , very complex

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body , easy drinking beer even with the 7.7% ABV

Ov-a classic beer from the worlds oldest brewery , yes I'd buy again

sampled alongside 2 other Weihenstephan beers (Hefeweissbier & Hefeweissbier Dunkel)

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Redteketed
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(T 12-07 BB 08-08)

Enormous rocky white head, far over the edge of original glass, pale golden color.
No doubt a wheat beer, with citrus and apple flavors, I think Golden delicious.
Sweet, mild bitter base, overwhelmed with wheat and some citrus and sweet pallets.
medium mouth feel, short wheaty aftertaste.
Good beer, drinks easy, but an ABV of 7.7 will send the man with the 'sledge'hammer soon. So I would not take more than two a night.

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Photo of hophead723
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Incredibly cloudy and unfiltered appearance with a fluffy white head. There are drooping arms of lacing that decorate the glass until the very end, although the head dissipates rather quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: Full on yeast derived banana-like aroma that is uncannily reminiscent of a Tripel. It has a surprising burst of coriander, which isn't actually present in the brewing process.

Taste: If I were blindfolded and tried this brew, I would say for certain that it is a Tripel. This is a huge compliment because this is a Weizenbock so it has a lot of flavor packed into each sip regardless of style. I perceive a slight grassy tinge from the hops, which are likely all noble varieties. No bitterness here but they do play a role.

Feel: Very silky smooth but somehow light and crisp. This is a result of the brewing process which coaxes numerous desirable traits from the scarce ingredients.

Overall: Very well executed! This is a true German beer and it tastes almost like a Saison. But to accomplish this without a split fermentation is truly genius, making this beauty a real treat. Cheers!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, banana, a small dry banana. In the the taste, bananas for sure and a hint of dry alcohol. A small alcohol like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana and alcohol like aftertaste. Light in color and a bit boozy, but nice.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a bright and cloudy polished gold color under a pure white fluffy head. Tiny streams of bubbles rise to replenish the head.

This beer greets the nose with the characteristic yeast bite trio of clove, banana and coriander. Wonderful spiciness with some mellow wheat notes underneath.

Whoa. This beer is like a normal hefe with some serious power infused into it. There isn't really any alcohol flavor, but its lends weight to the usual German wheat beer flavors. One can feel the kick as this goes down. Awesome.

The mouthfeel is heavier than a usual wheat beer, but it also has even higher carbonation. The result is a prickly powerhouse of yellow beer.

Conclusion: This is an awesome beer from one of the best breweries on this planet. This beer didn't blow my mind as many of their others have, but it impressed me as usual. This is like their normal wheat on steroids, my only complaint is that it lacks the outstanding luster and sparkle of flavor that the normal wheat has...

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Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always enjoyed the beers from Weihenstephaner that I've had in the past. Their berliner weisse is delicious. So let's stick with the wheats and give the Weizenbock a go.

Pours an almost viscous cloudy lemon color with a pretty white tuft of foam on top. The head recedes fairly fast but leaves a healthy ring of lace. A steady stream of carbonation keeps it afloat for the duration as well. The nose is big malty banana mixed in with some lemon, starfruit, and sweet saltwater taffy. Faint pepper. Light in character, but dense like a weizenbock should be. Still, I get none of the typical weizenbock notes of strong spice or dark fruit. This one is much more citrusy in nature. But it's certainly not a bad scent. Taste is rich and malty up front, with an initial tang. That mellows out a bit to a banana smoothie taste, and ends again with a strong lemon pinch in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is bubbly but creamy at the same time.

Man, I'm torn between giving this a really good review because I thoroughly enjoy the beer, or giving it a marginal review because I don't think it represents the style very well. Oh my, what a conundrum. Screw it, it's a good beer, even if it's not the best weizenbock. It's a bit boozy in the end, but a totally drinkable brew here. Give me more Vitus!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a yeasty-looking, hazy brew of an even straw color. The head it holds is two fingers high, and composed of big white bubbles that slowly disappear. Throughout the session little lacing is produced, despite the head retaining, in part, until the bottom of the glass. There is highly active carbonation throughout, but the liquid is otherwise opaque. The aroma is flush with ripe bananas and esters, cloves and phenols, and sour, citrusy hops that sit quite comfortably behind a heavy wheat aroma. The taste begins with a clash of bitter, drying wheat and sweet bananas. These both remain throughout the middle, with the esters peaking even further, and mixing with warm spices. As the sip trails off there are echoes of the same fruity esters, bitter lemon rind, and a curious smokiness, like that of charred meat. The aftertaste is sweet, but, if left for some time, it begins to veer towards sourness. The beer is medium to full bodied, with a comparable level of carbonation. The brew is somewhat creamy and coats the mouth, leaving it cooled and satiated. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks quite nicely.

Overall, what was best about this brew was its classically Weizenbock aroma. It contains all of the sweet and wheaty characteristics anything in the style should and, while admittedly complex, maintains a delicious simplicity to the flavors. What was curious, if anything, was the huge attention to esters, with the specificity of ripe bananas, which were observable at nearly every turn.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up at Bargainica in Bellingham.

Pours a cloudy orange/golden, massive white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer, leaves behind a ton of chunky lacing. Very nice to look at! Smell is nice, tons of banana, yeast, wheat, spices, very fruity, some alcohol makes its way in, but quite soft. Taste is different, apples and bananas, some wheat, very yeasty, bread, cane sugar, some alcohol, more apple in the finish with a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Pretty light for a weizenbock but I like it.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Half litre bottle poured into an oversized Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Colour was orangy golden, hazy. I expected a huge head to form, bit that wasn’t the case,
there was only a moderate amount of foam on top, not much lacing clung to the glass.

S: Yeast, clove, banana and esters.

T: Mainly followed the nose, but also added some orange and milky notes. The really impressive aspect was how well the booze was concealed.

M: Minimal carbonation, slightly thick texture, smooth.

O: Understated but classy, not much more to add.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall brown 500ml glass bottle. Pry off cap. Neck label shows a saint/monk holding a book feather and rooster. Label has a classical european seal in brown gold and white.
The body is sun golden semi transparent with low carbonation. Multi size bubbled head with a lemon tint. Good retention and lace.
Sweet wheaty smell over a note of lemon and yeast. Abit of almond and mild honey.
Sweet grain flavor and yeast, white bread with lemon. The aftertaste again has yeast and maybe a hint of wheat. I did not expect the yeast to be pronounced in a wheatbock. Overall a sweet lemony flavor.
Full body and some coating. Oddly dry finish but still pleasant.
Very drinkable and an interesting brew.

-Oelergud

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this baby for ages. Found a bottle in Yongsan, Seoul.

APPEARANCE: Liveliest head I've ever had on a beer. Can't turn my back for a minute without it spewing out of the bottle.

SMELL: Banana and German yeast.

TASTE: Like the blue labelled Hefeweissbier with an alcoholic kick and more pronounced banana. Mouthfeel is wonderful, as can be expected from a Weihenstephan. Lots of the ethereal German yeastiness in the finish.

OVERALL: I've had a few since my first one and I'm not too crazy about it any more. It's very sound but not brimming with flavour. I think this brewery is a bit overrated on BA.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge head if poured too vigorously. If poured at a decent rate you get usually around a finger or two of white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - A hint of banana in the nose with a nice smell of grain.

T - The biterness is quite present for a weizen but not overwhelming at all, Initial taste is banana and grain which fades out with the moderate bitterness and alcohol. Overall pretty balanced.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light even though the alcohol is high.

D - Very decent strength on this beer but surprisingly very drinkable. I could probably drink like 2 or 3 bottles but I would be pretty gone then.

I drink mostly heavy beers so this one was pretty nice and balanced to me. If your used to drinking weaker beers it might be pretty robust but still drinkable. If you enjoy the Weihenstephaner Hefeweisen then do youself a favor and try this one this winter.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well made, enjoyable Weizenbock. Bought a sechs-er (six) pack while in Germany. Pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. some banana to the nose and mouth - strongly weizen-like. Wow!

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw/wheat yellow with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface. It had a big fluffy off-white cap and there was some chunky lacing. Lots of fruity banana and clove spice in the aroma, bready, lemon zest, light alcohol, bubblegum. Very much like a hefeweizen in character. Flavour was more of the same, but a little richer in malt, having some caramel character. Also a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, nice texture. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of pkeigs
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a tasty wheat beer. Layers of the typical banana but seems to have more of a citrus character to it than most big wheats. Pours with a pillowy white lasting head, nice cloudy appearance. Smells of lots banana, with some citrus hidden in the back end. Citrus, clovey finish, hides the alcohol extremely well. Tasty beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a weizen glass, Vitus is a rather pale, slightly hazy gold color, with a moderate head. Ripe fruitiness characterizes the aroma, with a touch of medicinalness. Flavor is quite phenolic, with an underlying fruitiness that isn't quite banana, or any fruit I can identify... perhaps a touch of dry pineapple. Low bitterness and no hop flavor. Malt flavor takes a back seat to the yeast character, reminding me more of some Belgians than a German weizenbock.

Interesting beer, but not one I'll specifically seek out, I think.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white heat that leaves some lacing

S - Has some fruity notes of banana with a touch of clove and yeast

T - The Banana taste comes out first then is balanced out by the clove and wheaty malt

M - This beer has a medium body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit to me it was almost like an imperial hefe it has va very good taste making it easy to drink worth trying sometime

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Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange color with Lots of bubbles going up to feed a thick head resulting in a very good retention.
Traditional aroma of banana and cloves, but with hints of liquor and bubble gum.
Spicy and relatively malty flavor with notes of cloves, lemon, toasted malts, wheat and banana. Hints of citrus, honey and bubble gum. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation, 7.7% ABV is well hidden.
It is like a tuned-up Hefeweizen on booze and toasted malts. Very, very good. Let it warm up a bit and welcome to first class.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into Jaspers today to see what's what, and came across Vitus. First time sighting in my area, so I jumped. Only $2.99 for a 0.5l bottle, too.

Popped the cap and got a bit of foamage bubbling out. Yikes! I didn't have a weissbier glass right handy, so I poured Vitus into a Spaten stange. Color is a flat, muted golden, with a thin, fine white head. Carbonation is plentiful in the opaque liquid, hellbent on reaching the surface. The bubbles at the top form about 3/4" of head and slowly ebb back, leaving some lace here and there, but not a whole lot. Aroma is crisp and wheaty, clove and banana shining through. Has the typical weissbier mouthfeel; that being light and airy, dancing across the tongue, with a near-medium body.

Banana hits the palate first off, followed by a smidge of clove. It's a dry bier, with some subtle hints of green apple and pear also being present, and some yeastiness (though there was no sediment in the Flasche). No evidence of anything in the way of chocolate, which I have come to admire in the quintessential weizenbock - Aventinus. That's a hard bier to emulate, for sure. I find this more closely resembles an amped-up hefeweizen, somewhat like Ayingers weizenbock, on the whole. Still, Vitus is a fairly tasty, reasonably priced, solidly made, quite drinkable offering from the good Volk at Weihenstephan.

Prosit!

4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours quite hazy and orange golden in color. Large, white head tops the beverage and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Corriander and black pepper and sweet yeast. Lemon peel as well. Large dose of banana.

More corriander and yeast in the flavor. TOns of banana in the flavor. More light fruits as well. Fairly sweet and bready, doughy.

Medium bodied and fairly chewy. Good carbonation and overall a pleasant beer. VEry drinkable; easily drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and apricot hued with an inch of white head. The aroma brings banana, clove, spice. Like a stronger hefe with more sweetness and alcohol. The flavor offers a heavy dose of sweet bananas, booze, wheat. While this is good, I much prefer the standard Weihenstephaner hefe. Medium bodied with mild warmth in the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a perfect cloudy straw. I probably would have given a perfect score for appearance if this was a hefeweizen and not a weizenbock, as this is the lightest weizenbock I have ever seen. Definitely not to style. Nice wheaty and yeasty aroma. It certainly does fit the weizenbock profile in its flavour though. Strong flavours - wheat, yeast, banana. The alcohol feels evident - or that could just be the aftereffects of the Indian dinner. I am liking this significantly better than Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen, but then again, I'm a big fan of this style.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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